Unformatted text preview: pages. After analyzing several sets of naturally occurring data Newcomb went on to derive what later became Benford's law. Newcomb was rewarded for his effort by being ignored. In 1938 a physicist Dr. Frank Benford made the same discovery. However, he studied a much larger amount of data than Newcomb. He analyzed about 20,229 different sets of data, including the areas of rivers, baseball statistics, numbers in magazine articles and the street addresses of the first 342 people listed in the book. Unlike Newcomb, Benford was acknowledged for his contributions and the relationship he derived was eventually named Benford's law in 1938. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1910, Benford worked for General Electric, for 38 years retiring in July 1948. He died December 4, 1948....
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- Simon Newcomb, Benford's law, Dr. Frank Benford, astronomer Simon Newcomb